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					a Little Technology…..
in your Science and Social Studies Curriculum

“Lei”

Ready„.Get Set„..
 Check your curriculum guides.
www.state.tn.us/education/ci/cicurframwkmain .htm

 Check the Terra-Nova Guidelines.
www.state.tn.us/education/tstcapachievement. htm

 Check the Bedford County
www.bedfordk12tn.com

Curriculum Guides when available.

Don’t forget!
 Use your Social Studies and

Science textbooks with the curriculum.  Correlate to other areas of the curriculum when possible.  Don’t necessarily teach every single page of the text!

If you always do things the same way,

You’ll always get what you’ve always gotten!

Approach your day in a different way!

No Time for Technology?
Whole Group Instruction

Group 1
Text

Group 2
Computer Assignment

Group 3 Research Time or Literature Connection

 Combine whole group, small group,

and individual activities.  Require students to keep a folder of their work.  Ask students for ideas.

Textbooks
 Won’t always be the main focus of

the lesson.  Let students learn by doing.  Use as a resource. Won’t do every page.

Try Thematic Units.
 Students learn best when

curriculum is integrated.  Themes permit a variety of activities to accommodate all learning styles.  Be sure to have definite goals.  Plan for evaluation.

Plan, plan, plan„„„„..

Constitution

The “F” word„..

Flexibility

Examples of Webpages
 Guided Student Activity
Explorers Activity
volweb.utk.edu/Schools/bedford/thomas/e xp.html

 Group Activities Early Civilizations
volweb.utk.edu/Schools/bedford/thomas/Azt ec.htm

More Web Pages„„„„„
Animal Classification
volweb.utk.edu/Schools/bedford/thomas/safari. html

 Student Made Page volweb.utk.edu/Schools/bedford/thomas /amgov.html

More Webpages
 Integrated Page volweb.utk.edu/Schools/bedford/thomas /landforms.html  Choice Activity volweb.utk.edu/Schools/bedford/thomas /sestates.html

Design your own webpage.
 More control over content.  Fit to the needs of all your

students.  Easy to adapt.

Easy Ways to Integrate Technology
 Design brochure of state.  Make a poster of state, animal, or

other subject.  Use databases to keep up with information.  Use a paint or draw program to make Venn diagrams to compare subjects.

More Easy Ways„„„„„.
 Write a letter to researched

person.  Design a book cover.  Use graphic organizer to draw a family tree for a biography.  Make a cereal box as a biography.  Design a greeting card in honor of an historic event.

PowerPoint Presentations
 Teacher presentations to

accompany lectures  Convert slides into transparencies.  Student report for individual or group work  Book reports

PowerPoint Help
 PowerPoint in the Classroom

www.actden.com/pp/  Sample PowerPoint Presentations www.bamaed.ua.edu/bct400/Samp le_Power_Points.htm  Powerpoint as a Teaching Tool www.shelltech.com/resources/artic les/power_point_article.html

Accelerated Reader
 Have students choose books on the

topic being studied.  Require nonfiction reading. Include in research projects.  Write AR tests to cover pertinent chapters from the textbooks.

Literature & Internet
 Search for books and literature
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/SCORE/cy45.html

units that complement your studies.
http://www.thewildones.org/Curric/owlPellet.html

 Poppy, by Avi

 Sign of the Beaver,
 http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/beav/beavsg1.html

 Ben and Me,
http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/ben/bentg.html

 Jean Fritz books
http://www.umcs.maine.edu/~orono/collaborative/bully.html

Online Resources for S. S.
 Global Grocery List http://landmark-

project.com/ggl/  Teach map skills with Map Quest www.mapquest.com  Food Timeline http://www.gti.net/mocolib1/kid/food2.ht ml

More online resources„.
 Mock Elections.com
http://www.mockelection.com/resources/clas sroom/index.html

 Creating posters for Social Studies
http://exodus.lcsc.edu/ss150/poster.htm

 The GeoNet Game

http://www.eduplace.com/hmco/school/geo/ indexhi.html

Online Resources for Science
 CellsAlive

http://www.cellsalive.net/  Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body http://www.bartleby.com/107/  Journey North http://www.learner.org/jnorth/

More Online Resources...
 The Great Plant Escape

http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/gpe/  Franklin’s Forecast http://sln.fi.edu/weather/index.html

Virtual Field Trips
 Go where you’ve never been

before!  Check the compilation of listings on www.bedfordk12tn.com.  Compile a list of questions to guide students’ visit.  Students make flow charts and maps to design their own trips.

Satellite Feeds
 Access through SCHS.  Cumberland Scinece Museum

Becky Matthews, 615-401-5073  Radnor Lake, Laura Franklin or Harry Hedgepath, 615-331-5739

Software for Science and Social Studies
 Cornerstone Reading Vocabulary

includes content areas.  Software by textbook company  Practice for skills: Zip! Zap! Map! Carmen San Diego  Other suggestions:

Have fun!


				
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